Cowboys Sign Free Agent DE Everson Griffen to One-Year Deal

Everson Griffen during a Minnesota Vikings training and press conference in 2017.
Everson Griffen during a Minnesota Vikings training and press conference in 2017. Photo by Roger Goodgroves/REX/Shutterstock (9177269ac)

The Dallas Cowboys are adding another excellent pass rusher to their already stout defensive line.

According to reports, the Cowboys are signing ex-Viking Everson Griffen to a one-year contract worth $6 million, with $3 million in guarantees.

Griffen might be entering his 11th season in the league, but showed last year that he still has quite a bit of gas in the tank. He had 41 tackles (11 for loss), eight sacks, and 24 quarterback hits in 15 games with the Minnesota Vikings last year and was a part of a defensive unit that was the fifth-best scoring defense in the league.

Griffen spent all 10 of his seasons in Minnesota. The Vikings drafted him with the 100th overall pick in the 2010 draft. He has proven to be a steal, appearing in three Pro Bowls and tallying 74.5 sacks and 176 quarterback hits in his first decade of action.

The Cowboys keep adding talent to their defense, partly because none of their pass rushers are a sure thing. They added Aldon Smith in free agency, who hasn’t played since 2015 because of suspensions and might get back Randy Gregory, another player that has been suspended for a long time and might not be reinstated.

After getting paid, Dallas’s star pass rusher DeMarcus Larence only had five sacks last year and another one of their pass rushers, Tyrone Crawford, is coming off double hip surgery.

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